I've never been a big fan of making New Year's resolutions. At this time of the year, we're all looking for a fresh start and to shed bad habits and excess pounds. By March, most resolutions are just a distant memory, and we're back to our old routines or setting new, more achievable goals.
But what if you enlisted your best friend or partner to suggest resolutions for each other and then coach each other through realizing them? I recently read an article exploring this concept, and suddenly it sounded like a pretty cool idea. Of course, there's a protocol for arriving at these mutually agreeable goals without offending one another and keeping each other on track without conflict. Many of us think nothing of using a fitness, career or life coach, why not a resolution coach? Your friend or partner might just come up with more meaningful resolutions than you would for yourself. Who better to tell us how to improve ourselves than someone who knows and loves us well, right?
Obviously, the key to pulling this off successfully is to be honest, but polite, realistic but still goal-worthy, and to establish a level of accountability. That sounds like a tall order in itself. Or you could just pull out last year's list and start over again.